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All the Befores and All the Afters!

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All the Befores and All the Afters!

IT'S TIME!!!!!

Tomorrow our first guests arrive! For one whole week they will get to stay in the bungalow on the bank and enjoy what we have been working on for four months!

We wanted to remind everyone just where it started so here goes, the before, during and after images of each room....

The Hallway..
The hallway looked quite dark when we began, although there were features we loved about the space we had to strip everything out to start again. The result, a bright white welcoming space!

The Living Room
We found this space a bit of a challenge due to its shape and not wanting to make one end of the room feel separate to another. The staircase was moved into this room from one of the bedrooms and we managed to arrange our new furniture to keep the room 'as one'.

The Kitchen
A transformation indeed. From the blue and green pattern with glass details to an open plan room with an archway allowing bundles of light in!
This is one of our favourite parts of the property!

The Bathroom
From fitted bath to roll top and radiator to towel rail! This room was a shell just a number of weeks ago! After a long walk on the beach relax with a glass of wine in this calming space. 

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The Bedrooms
All that was left were floor boards and bare brick! Now - natural coloured spaces with simple furniture. Suitable for adults and little ones alike.

The Loft Space
We have opened this space right up and added a little en-suite into the mix.
Now you can shut the door and enjoy some peace and quiet while the sun shines in!

The Sunroom
The perfect place to watch the world go by and get lost in the waves crashing against the cliff!
Sit back and relax with your morning coffee, with a view like no other!

And Voila!!! That's it! 

The blue bungalow is no longer blue...We really hope you like what we have done to the place!

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A little bit of everything

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A little bit of everything

The month of opening!

Since the beginning of February we thought it would be closer to the end of March that we would be welcoming our first guests but since we uploaded the pictures of inside the Beach House our calendar is filling up and guests are booking in earlier and earlier.

I can’t explain the excitement when we receive a new message from someone requesting information on the beach house or the town. I guess it brings a mix of emotions really…Happiness because what we have created what has been so well received and relief because it gives us hope that this little beach house by the sea might just work.

For the past week we have been busy trying to get lots of little things signed off with different agents and meeting various regulations for health and safety etc. We have also been working on our advertising and marketing! Our competition has brought more attention to our Facebook page and website than we could ever have imagined, the blog has seen some great traffic and now we just need to spread the word of Burnsyde far and wide.

Head over to our Facebook page to enter our competition if you haven't already!

This weekend we are heading down to the beach house to finish off the interiors in the sunroom. This is the last room to be finished and hopefully by Saturday we will ready for the doors to open. This Saturday is our definite deadline, we are having a little thank you get together with the team who have helped us get to where we are and although they have seen inside it more than we have we want them to be in our company in its final state so that we can all celebrate together!

I will leave the big speech until the weekend (and next week’s blog post) but without the team Burnsyde would not be what it is. The knowledge, expertise and overall support from each and every one of our team has been insane. We are so, so grateful! To remind you of just how much they have done....take a look at this before and after pic...

Anyway, next week I will be back with more interior pics and I may even let you in on who our amazing team actually are!

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A Busy Week

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A Busy Week

T Minus 4 weeks until we have our first guests stay!

So it has been all hands on deck to get the inside and outside finished off. Within a week the team have managed to build new steps down to the front door, lay a patio, replace the paving slabs in front of the Sunroom and build some steps up to the driveway! These guys amaze me every single week! Come rain or shine they are there, helping us every step of the way...

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The garden had always been well looked after by John but the paths and steps were just a little unsafe so we knew they needed an update. With new steps and a freshly painted doorway we think the place looks much better!

The inside of the house has been having a few more details added...A handmade coffee table in the living room. It's amazing what I can do with a few scaffold boards and some hairpin legs!

A beautiful handmade vanity unit with free standing sink...
This was something we saw months ago, right at the beginning of the journey, we searched high and low to find something similar ready-made but we really struggled. 
We decided to speak to a family friend who often makes bespoke commissions, after a little too long being indecisive we finally made our final decisions on wood, beading, tiles and feet....and here we have our final piece...

They are only little touches but they make a real difference to the rooms they are in and we just love that they have been made especially for the Beach House.

This weekend will be the first in a while that neither of us will be travelling down to the Beach House, I am on a hen weekend and Dale has to work. Next week will be the final weekend we see it before we welcome our first guests. 

From now until then we will be working on our marketing and advertising to get our wonderful little beach house full up for 2017!

 

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A Final View Before The Furniture

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A Final View Before The Furniture

I keep saying it but....we are nearly there!!
We arrived at the Beach House on Saturday morning with so much excitement to see where we were up to and we were not disappointed!

SS has gone above and beyond with the team to have this place ready for Dale and I coming back to see it. Their endless hours of work have created something really beautiful and we will be forever grateful!

The team have excelled themselves! Every room looks amazing, each feature has been completed with TLC and the bungalow looks more amazing than we could have ever imagined. If you saw it yourself you may think "well it's just a bungalow that's been re-decorated" but we know exactly what it has taken to get to this stage and it is so much more than a lick of paint.

We were staying in Saltburn for a few more days so we could help with anything that still needed doing and get the furniture inside. Dale had lots of meetings for the Beach House and property business and I rolled up my sleeves and spent lots of my time at Burnsyde, tidying and cleaning. Dales mum was there to help me and my mum was busy adjusting our new curtains, Grandad Clive and SS were building a new wall and steps at the front door , Andy was busy tidying up lots of little loose ends and Trevor was finishing up with the glossing - we had help from all angles.
It really feels that time just disappears when we walk into the bungalow, I don't know whether it's because I spend so much time admiring it that I don't notice time passing or because small jobs take much longer than you think! Either way the days were flying by and by Tuesday we still had lots to do before unloading our van of furniture!

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Between the work I managed to spend some time with my bezzie and our poochies on the beach, no matter what is going on a walk along the beautiful shore makes me smile!

So enough of the chatting....here are some sneak peek pics of how Burnsyde is looking now - These pictures really don't do it justice and I don't want to give too much away so this is your lot!

Next stop - Furniture!

 

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One Month To Go

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One Month To Go

So here we are....February 1st 2017! One month away from opening our doors to guests. Exxcciiiiiiiiiiiiiiiting! 

We celebrated Dales birthday on Friday and we were talking about where we might be and what we might be doing when his birthday comes around next year! We never expected to have Burnsyde a year ago and look at us now......a few weeks from doors opening!

So over the past couple of weeks the renovations have been coming to an end. There have still been a number of things to look at and complete but the place is definitely getting there! SS is continuing to keep the team in order and hit the deadlines - if you are ever looking for a project manager, SS is your man!

The flooring is almost finished throughout, the sunroom has been re-boarded and is getting plastered this weekend then it will be ready for a lick of paint! The flooring in the dining area is finished and the radiator is back up and running, ready to pump some heat into the place! We were so worried about the beach house being chilly in the winter months but after all the new insulation, re-boarding and plastering it keeps the heat in just wonderfully!

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Our handyman has been in this week making and fitting new door frames and hanging the new doors. We have chosen a four panel oak....just need a door nob now! 

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Dale and I have not been back to Saltburn for a few weeks, Saturday we will be there to see the place (almost) complete and ready for for furniture! We will be driving down in a big white van, or Dale will - I will be in the car with little Derek! We are spending 5 days in Saltburn to help the team finish up on the little jobs that are left and get the place looking a little more livable! We are so excited that we are at this point in the journey! Our first guests will be there in no time!

We have an engagement party on Saturday for our wonderful friends Rob and Nicky then the rest of the time will be spent in Burnsyde or in meetings about Burnsyde and catching up with family and friends. 
The past few months have been so busy each time we have been back we feel like we don't spend any time with the people we love, half the time Dale and I barely see each other!

This week there has been a development with our own life too....It has been Derek's first day at doggy nursery! It was an emotional morning for me, I am not sure it's the exact same feeling as the first day you drop your child off at nursery but it was certainly a weird one! He was away from us for 11 hours (his longest time away from us) and I have never seen him as excited as he was when I collected him. He is such a wonderful little dog with tonnes of character! We love him so, so much! 

Here he is looking all dapper for Dale's birthday card photo-shoot! Great modelling potential....

Derek The Dog

If all goes to plan in the next few days we will have interior images to share with you on our next blog post! Fingers crossed!

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A bit of TLC for the Fireplace

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A bit of TLC for the Fireplace

So we are heading towards the end of January and in 1 month the beach House should (WILL) be 100% complete - interiors and everything- Ready to hire!

We have had lots of interest in the Beach House since the last post went live showing our rates and answering a few questions. We had worried people wouldn't want to enquire until they could see lots of images inside the property but we were obviously worrying a little too much, we have had some really great feedback about the property already and look forward to welcoming all our guests!

The flooring is finished in the living room, hallway, downstairs bedrooms, bathroom, en-suite and dining area! It has really brought a lovely flow to the property and in  a week or so the remainder will be complete and we will be able to start thinking about getting the van packed up and delivering the furniture.

Something exciting (for me) this week was the update of the fireplace. When we purchased the property the fireplace surround was left behind, the previous owners were split on their opinion of it. John asked us one day "you won't be keeping that thing in will you"? He was very surprised to hear the answer was yes - I just Love it!
It needed a bit of TLC but I could definitely see it's potential!

SS managed to fill in lots of the cracks for us, sand it down and ensure the shape was back to how it should be!

We made the decision that we would paint the fireplace the same colour as the wall, not sure everyone had confidence in how this would look but we are very happy with the outcome...

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These two images look like completely different rooms with the colours in these pics - they are definitely the same room and the wall is definitely grey (not blue).

The hearth that the fireplace was sitting on has also seen a bit of TLC. It has been re-tiled and painted to bring it up to date, and for it to fit in with our colour scheme a little better. This room is really coming together now!

I have lots of bits and pieces planned to go on top of the fireplace, I can't wait to get in there and start making the place feel all homely and lovely!
Not long to go!

37 Days and the Beach House will be open for guests! eeeeeekkkkkk...

 

 

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80 Days Down!

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80 Days Down!

80 days in and the Beach House is coming along just lovely!

We headed back to the north east this weekend to help out with tidying the place ready for the next round of work! The guys are keeping the place pretty tidy anyway, lots of paint pots and accessories lined up together. We were just having a hoover round and wiping down the newly fitted tiles, attempting to keep the dust away (hard task). It is all becoming very real that we will have a holiday rental up and running very soon!

The weather wasn’t great this weekend and we arrived the day after the high tides hit Saltburn, the pictures from this were amazing but it’s sad to see the damage caused.
We took a walk down to the beach and along to the valley gardens with little Dezza, there was lots of mess around but the council were working hard to get rid of it all! Once we got the pup home we headed to Burnsyde to see where we were up to.

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The guys have been super busy and as always SS has the team all in order to keep pushing this week. Both bathrooms and the kitchen now have their tiles in, the staircase is complete (with a stain that we like), skirting boards are being fitted and door frames are being put on.

Tiles & Tea

When I think about all the work that has been done it is crazy. There really was no stone left unturned when stripping this place back. The bungalow is a completely different place to what it was and each time we visit we are reminded of how hard everyone has worked to get it to this point.

The family bathroom looks amazing, it used to be a very blue and dark room with a fitted bath and gloomy looking shower, now the place is bright and airy, a room you would want to relax in. The Roll top bath is in and with a couple of candles and a glass of wine I think it would make the perfect place to unwind after a day at the beach or a walk along the Cleveland way – I was tempted to try it out there and then!

The picture definitely doesn't do the bathroom justice - and this is before we cleaned it!

Another big change for us to see this week was the floor! We have chosen to have a laminate throughout downstairs and there are a couple of areas that have been started.....and one room finished!! Choosing a wood flooring is a difficult task, every single panel looks a completely different colour each time you blink! We spent a rather large number of hours to get this right! Hopefully you will agree we have chosen for the right colour - Light Oak.

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So this week is week 12 and it's going to be a busy one for the full team, nothing they can't handle though I am sure. 

And for me and Dale this week will consist of us (me) spending lot's of time searching for the final soft furnishings, I am unsure if there any websites I have not yet looked on, my browsing history would make me look like I have an addiction. Dale will be busy setting up booking platforms and secure payment methods.

Busy Busy!

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Back to Work

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Back to Work

Friday night and after a short week back at work to ease me in after the holidays I am ready to SLEEP! Work may have been quiet this week but I feel like I am sleepy all the time, and the bags under my eyes are gross too! Must be my recent diet of 'all you can eat' including copious amounts of chocolate.

So this week saw lots of activity in the bungalow. The Kitchen was developed a little further with the island being fitted and the tiling has begun. My sister mentioned to me that she didn’t even realise the tiling was missing from the kitchen, I kind of feel the same, but maybe that’s because I would have been more than happy to have a non-tiled kitchen – totally impractical I know.

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Kitchen Island

The staircase was being completed this week with the spindles and hand rail being fitted. We had chosen a stain for the wood and the guys made a start on it for us....we then saw a picture and began to wonder if we had chosen the wrong colour - total staircase drama! We will wait to see it in the flesh in a couple of weeks before we make any further decisions in this department! 

Staircase

Next up for us are blinds, beds and all that in between. We won't be heading back to the bungalow until the 14th January, by this time the place will be just a couple of weeks from completion (all being well) so interiors need to be at the front of my mind from here on in (as if I haven't thought about them enough already).

A MUST for me on the 14th is visiting the new Lillian Daph Store in Saltburn, I need to take a look at all of their artisan goodies! The store opened a few months ago and I have popped in a couple of times, always such a warm welcome and the place smells delightful which is always a bonus! And if not something for Burnsyde, maybe my own home!

Next up for the bungalow is a whole load of bathroom tiling and time to get the sun room in tip top shape!

Week 12 - bring it on!

 

 

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A New Addition

A New Addition

So today is Monday, it is 7:25am and I am on the kitchen floor with a cup of tea. Not my usual positioning at this time of day (or any) but today we wake up with a little puppy in our care. I have taken the day off work to spend some time with him and get him settled.

We collected Derek from his breeder mummy yesterday and brought him back to Glasgow to show him his new home. The journey was a lot smoother than we expected, Derek slept for the majority of the journey and when Dale and I needed a toilet break Derek just lay in the foot-well like a little angel puppy. 

Derek the Dog
Derek the Dog

It was a bit of a rushed day yesterday, we were at Burnsyde looking at the developments from the past couple of weeks. The whole place was looking great! There was so much ‘less mess’ which helped to keep us focused on what we were there to see. It was the first time I had seen the new colours on the outside

We worked round the property room by room. The kitchen and dining area were looking great, the wooden framework from between the kitchen and sunroom had been removed a couple of weeks ago and we were creating an arch in its place, as the rest of the room was a blank canvas this really stood out. We had been used to seeing it with ladders, tool bags and rubbish strewn all over the place. The view from here looked particularly beautiful today! The hallway was completely bare and we had changed the layout of a couple of doorways so it was nice to see the hallway in the format our guest would see it when they arrived at Burnsyde.

Next up was the bathroom, there were a number of questions that needed answering to move forward in here. We managed to decide on a final layout for the whole room (this was something that had been causing major headaches) finalised lighting and fan positions and measured up one more time so we could order the bathroom suite, we did already order a bath but it arrived and looked like it was from an episode of the borrowers.

The living room was boarded out and the plasterers were due to start in here next. We had made all the decisions we could for this room previously. We are waiting to have the building regulations signed off so we can move the staircase into this room, until this point it is difficult to move forward at any kind of speed, we just have a big hole in the ceiling waiting to be filled.

Plastering

The third bedroom of the bungalow is upstairs. As the other two bedrooms were already well on their way with plastering we were happy to just take a peek at these and move on. Upstairs is a lovely space with one window looking out across the pier and one out to Huntcliff.

The view from the loft

We have re-arranged this room so we can fit an en-suite bathroom up here. This wasn't always the plan but once we had cleared the bungalow of all furniture and rubbish, stripped back the walls and planned to move the staircase there was so much more space so it felt like the most logical thing to do (and much more practical for guests).

We spent some time discussing the bathroom layout, additional storage space, types of wall coverings and possible door types. There was an electrician and two joiners up here, the noise levels were getting higher and higher and we were getting closer to our pick up time for the pup. I genuinely felt like it was one of theose days where there were not enough hours in it.

The next time we visit Burnsyde will be in three weeks when we are home for Christmas...I actually cannot wait!!

 

 

 

A Working Holiday

A Working Holiday

After the birthday celebrations I thought we may have a little trouble getting up – turns out we were both feeling pretty fresh and Burnsyde was top of the agenda.

We headed down at about 8:30am, grabbed a couple of coffees from Camfields and took a look around to see (not just by photos) where the team had got to in the past week. When we say ‘the team; we mean; SS (Dale’s Dad), Grandad Clive (Dales Grandad), Ken (Dales Uncle Ken) and Andy (an all-round handy-man). These guys have over 100 years of experience of building work between them (and tools twice my age) – seriously talented guys! They really had made a massive difference at a time that was more than important and for that we will be forever grateful to each of them.

Workmens Tools

This week’s plan was to get every room ‘back to brick’ or at least to a place that was ready to be boarded and plastered so we had a blank canvas to work with. Some rooms needed less work than others. For some 3 layers of wallpaper removal was enough, for others we needed to take a chisel and a hammer and literally take them back to bare brick.

Back to Brick

Burnsyde was a lovely little property when we bought it and I am certain people would have loved to stay there if we were to rent it as a holiday home in its current state but we wanted it to be somewhere that was totally ‘us’; our plans, our layout and our interiors. Something that was going to consist of a large investment, a tonne of hard work and love but a place we could call ours, something we had created, from scratch.

It was a successful week but working in a small space for long periods of time with a whole bunch of other people can be a challenging thing. I took a couple of hours out on Thursday and took a walk along the beach with my bezzie and her beautiful cockapoo. It was just what I needed, fresh air, girly chats and doggy cuddles!

Dougal the Dog

The week seemed to fly-by and it was Friday before we knew it! We would normally stay until Sunday but we were heading to Manchester on Saturday afternoon to celebrate our friends 30th so Friday was our last full day in the bungalow. The place was looking amazing, we would have been happy to stay and continue with the work but after a night of partying it was back to Scotland for ‘work work’!

At this point we wouldn’t be back for three weeks so things were going to look very different when we next visited. This made me sad and happy at the same time, as this was our first property renovation project together I wanted to be part of every decision, I wanted to learn from Grandad Clive as he talked me through everything we were working on and in all honesty, I just wanted to be there.

We took one final look around on Saturday morning, plans in hand and made some final decisions on locations of lighting, radiators and sockets (something I never imagined could take so much thought) thankfully we had all the right people around us to advise us on each decision.

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We wrapped up about 1pm and we were on the road again!!

 

Work & Life

Work & Life

This week has been an exciting one, a frustrating one and a tiring one allll rolled into one. Exciting because we knew we had a great team hard at work in the bungalow and we had daily updates of the developments. Frustrating because we weren’t there to help ourselves and tiring because each evening after work (we both work full time in Scotland) we had been staying up later than normal making plans, building websites and setting up social profiles for Burnsyde.

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We know we need to organise all these things now rather than later and although we may prefer to be at the bungalow every day to watch things develop for ourselves and be much more hands on, we know that (unfortunately) this isn’t possible so we do what we can from a distance.

When we left the place on Sunday I felt like there was little to do before we could get to work with the real plans of moving the staircase, knocking walls through, bricking up doorways and all the things that would really make a difference to the overall look and layout of the place – How I was wrong.

The daily updates were notes of how remaining walls had been stripped, coving had been removed and radiators were off the wall…..all of these things I didn’t even notice were still to be done during the weekend we were there. The excitement of getting the job started had obviously blinded me to how much was left to do!

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Dale and I finished our working week and headed home to greet our guests for the weekend. My Uni girls and their other halves were staying with us to celebrate my 30th Birthday! It was time to pop the prosecco and enjoy some laughter with some of our favourite people.

The weekend was so much fun, we climbed Conic Hill in Stirling, saw Jack Garrett at the 02, danced the night away in Glasgow and ate some of the most delicious food I have ever tasted at one of my favourite places - Hotel Du Vin.

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As always the Sunday arrived too fast and as our friends left we packed the car up to hit the road ourselves! This time we were heading back to Saltburn for a whole week – this was the first time we would spend so long here since we moved to Scotland together in October 2013 – We were very excited!!

The plan for the next week - Spend time with our families & friends and get to work on Burnsyde!

Off we go!

A Day of Mixed Emotions

A Day of Mixed Emotions

Saturday morning - 7:30am and the alarm is buzzing.

As Dale and I live in Glasgow we told ourselves we would need to spend as many hours as we possibly could at Burnsyde during our weekends at home. We are both from Saltburn but we moved to Bonnie Scotland three years ago and travel back and forth as often as we can. Some may call us crazy for taking on such a mighty project when we live 200 miles away but we are not people that shy away from a challenge……and we have an amazing project manager running things in our absence.

Throughout the day we had family and friends pop by to say “Hi” and to have a nosey around. It is the most amazing feeling to have support from our loved ones and we are super, super lucky that many of them were willing to roll up their sleeves and help this weekend.

Burnsyde Development

The wallpaper stripping continued throughout the house which revealed a dozen different colours, lots of patterned wallpaper and a whole load of mess. Although we had only been in there for a matter of hours we really felt like we were getting somewhere.

Work begins

The afternoon came round pretty fast, the garden was full of furniture (we were deciding what to keep and what to donate), the sun was shining and the house was looking ‘naked’. We had a visitor arrive, not just any old visitor though, it was John, the lovely gentleman we had just purchased the bungalow from.

As he wandered around each room with us he could clearly see we had been busy, he seemed surprised at how much we had managed to do in such a short space of time. I couldn’t help but feel a little sad, although I knew that what we were doing was the right thing and in our opinion it was for the better, I wondered if it was difficult for John to see the place he had called his Holiday Home for 24 years in a completely different state and effectively, in a bit of a mess?

He seemed a little relieved to be handing the keys over to us and as he walked away he wished us “the best of luck with everything”. I watched him walking over the bridge back to his car and wondered what he was thinking. Did he believe me and Dale would manage to turn this lovely little property into a place that people would travel far and wide to stay in? I would never know but I really hoped so.

Saltburn by the sea

Day 2 – Done!